Meet Our Board
Letter from the Board Chairperson
On behalf of the members of the Twin Cities Academy Board of Directors, I extend a warm welcome to all of our new and returning students and their families. We believe that the 2016-2017 school year in our brand new school will be filled with incredible learning opportunities, extra-curricular activities, leadership development, occasions to serve our community, and a lot of fun!
We are proud to support our principal, Betsy Lueth, who shares her wealth of knowledge, expertise and experience. Her dedication and passion for Twin Cities Academy continues to drive the school to new heights. Without her vision and execution, our new school would never have become a reality.
We look forward to another productive and successful year!
Gary Jader, Twin Cities Academy Board Chairperson
Twin Cities Academy Board
Gary Jader, Chair (Community Member) Gary is a retired business executive who currently is an adjunct marketing instructor at Hamline University, Augsburg College, and Metro State University. He has a secondary education teaching degree in Speech Communication from UMD, a nursing degree from the University of Minnesota, and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. His son, Anders, graduated from TCA in 2014 and attends Augsburg College.
Lucy Mikroberts, Vice Chair (Parent) Lucy Mikroberts is a parent of one TCA student, and one TCA graduate. Lucy selected TCA for her sons based on positive reviews and student results. Lucy has been employed by Synchrony Financial in the finance business for 10 years and enjoys being a part of the school.
Phillip Jemielita, Treasurer (Community Member) Phil has held various positions in corporate finance. His current position is CFO of Scanlan International. Previous positions include Treasurer of Pemstar, an international contract manufacturer, Director of Planning Henkel Ecolab (in Germany) and Finance Director of a European division of Avery Dennison.
Alexandra Howes, Secretary (Teacher) Alexandra is in her eighth year of teaching at Twin Cities Academy. After teaching English in Japan, she returned to the United States to gain her Masters in Education. Currently, she teaches English to the 11th grade, is the teacher of the University of Minnesota Writing Studio course, and is the director of the high school theater program.
Christine Rider, Director (Parent) Christine has been employed by the City of St. Paul for 28 years, working in the St. Paul Police Department and for the St. Paul City Council in many capacities. Christine’s most recent serves is as the scheduler for St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, and she’s served in this post for over 10 years. Christine is married and has two daughters. Holly, is currently an 11th grader at TCA.
John Tuttle, Director (Community Member) As a parent of three students who have attended Twin Cities Academy, John joined the board as a community member focused on getting the high school up and running in its first year back in 2006. John remains on the board today. John is a career problem solver and is currently a partner and the Director of Technology and Facilities for Haberman, a branding and engagement firm in Minneapolis.
Krista Varley, Director (Community Member) Krista owns and operates her own marketing consulting business on the east side of St. Paul, and has served on the TCA board for four years. Krista is also a board member of the East Side Business Association Board and an active community member on the east side of St. Paul
Angela Davis Drew, Director (Parent) Angela is a news anchor and reporter at WCCO-TV, the CBS station in Minneapolis. She’s been a member of the media in the Twin Cities for more than 20 years, first working as a reporter and anchor at KSTP-TV in St. Paul. Angela has a long history of volunteer work in Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools and currently serves as an adviser to a mentoring program for girls of color called “Lovin’ The Skin I’m In.” She is a longtime member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She is married and has a son and daughter who attend TCA.
Cassandra Lafleur, Director (Teacher) Cassandra is the lead middle school and high school French teacher. She has taught in Haiti and Edina public schools before coming to TCA. She recently took the high school French students on TCA’s first overseas trip to France in 2016.
Steve Cerkvenik, Director (Parent) Steve Cerkvenik is a stay-at-home parent of four girls, one who attends TCA and others who have attended traditional and immersion public schools. Professionally, he operated his own event management company, worked on local, state and national political campaigns and managed a small family retail business.